Letter from My Future Self


Downtown Durango, Colorado

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March 2010

Dear Lisa,

I wanted to write to you to tell you that, in the end, you live a life worth living.  I know that right now you don’t know what the future holds.  Will there be a job, a home, safety and security?  Where will you end up next fall? What does your future bring? What do you really want to do with your life?  These are the questions looming in your head, making you unable to sleep at night. Making you fearful.

Well . . . I’m not going to answer them for you except to say that your life is going to work itself out. If I tell you all the answers now, then you won’t live the adventure.  And part of what makes you Lisa is the struggle, the journey, and finding your way into the unknown. I know, sometimes you wish the answers handed to you, written in the sky. But I also know you (because I am you) and I can tell you that you will look back on this time, and use what you have learned from it, to become the person you truly want to be.

Why don’t I come out and just tell you what happens?  Remember how you used to love the tv show Charmed, and they always warned you not to mess with the past because you don’t know how it will affect the present or the future. Well, that’s true. And if I tell you too much, I may not become who I am today.  You are now asking yourself, who are you? I am a woman who has lived her life to the fullest, followed many dreams to completion, and touched many lives. That’s who you’ve always wanted to be, isn’t it?  I know you’ve said that you want to be someone worthy of remembering, and I think that’s who we’ve become.

So, in all this vague nonsense, what advice do I have? Keep holding onto the dreams, and trust that more will come.  Know that you will get through this tough time, and will move on to better things. Life does not end in Durango, CO.  Hold onto your friends, but more importantly hold onto your family.  And keep writing, it will help you get through this.

Love from the future.

Author: Lisa Kramer

Lisa A. Kramer is a lover of words, stories, and the power of all the arts to strengthen communities and bring understanding. Her first novel, P.O.W.ER was the finalist for the Sarton Literary Prize for Contemporary Fiction. Author of P.O.W.ER. She is also the author of non-fiction and short stories. She holds degrees in English and Theatre from Smith College" an MFA in directing from the University of Hawai'i, Manoa, and a Ph.D. in Theatre for Arizona State University. She is the co-founder of Heart Forward-a company that communities through the creation of innovative artistic projects—at home and abroad—that challenge ourselves, our audiences, and our collaborators to find strength in shared stories and to foster social change. Lisa is also a Creativity & Innovation coach and the co-Founder of Yes, And . . . Creativity Coaching.

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  1. Beth Boucher says:

    Well said.

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